Hello once again everyone and welcome back to our post on “Little Things”. Our first post in this series was back before Christmas, and as I mentioned, this series will be posted every other week with the series “Art In Nature” which will be here next week. I hope you will enjoy this series as we look at many different little things that we find in nature. This week we have both flowers and an insect. If you don’t like insects, you might not like some of the pics in this series. However, there will be other things too, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. And perhaps, even if you don’t like something such as insects, you will still enjoy looking at some in pictures. There might even be a spider or two show up, but I’ll warn you about that ahead of time.
There was a spider last summer that built his web across the path to the river. It had four anchor webs attached to trees on either side of the path that were 6 and a half feet (about 2 meters) apart. The web itself was over 3 feet (1meter) across and was quite nice and round. The web itself was beautifully constructed but because of where it was I just couldn’t get a good pic of it. Anyway, that big spider was always curled up in a little ball right in the middle of that web. I did get a pic of him even though I did have to get fairly close to do it. Not something I really care to do. We do have a lot of different and rather large spiders around here and who knows how many small varieties. I’m getting off track here.
Anyway, our featured image is a group of “twinflowers”, a common and very small wildflower usually found under pines. They can really carpet an area and if there is no wind you can usually smell these flowers before seeing them. They have a strong, but wonderful scent, which is quite amazing considering the small size of these flowers. You have to get down on your stomach to get a pic of them since they seldom get above 3 inches (7cm) tall. They are so very beautiful but yet so very easy to miss them, especially on a windy day which blows the scent away. Then on the bright yellow buttercup we have a tiny insect that looks like some sort of bee. That little “bee” is about 1/4 inch (6mm) long. That little creature could be very easily missed if busy walking and not paying attention to our surroundings. Sometimes it’s better to walk slowly and enjoy the beauty around us, whether that beauty is big or small. I hope you all have a wonderful week and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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